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Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2


Albéniz:

El puerto (from Iberia, book 1)

Achúcarro at the Prado

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Recorded live at Jerwood Hall, St Luke’s, London, May 2009.

London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Achúcarro at the Prado

Chopin:

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Achúcarro at the Prado

Prelude Op. 28 No. 16 in B flat minor

Achúcarro at the Prado

Scriabin:

Prelude & Nocturne, Op. 9


Joaquín Achúcarro (piano)

This recording commemorates the 50th anniversary of Joaquín Achúcarro’s debut with the London Symphony Orchestra after winning the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic International Competition in 1959. Recorded at Jerwood Hall, St Luke’s, London, with Britain’s eminent conductor Colin Davis at the helm, Achúcarro delivers a consummate performance that brilliantly expresses his delicate and passionate style. Extra features include a substantial documentary about Achúcarro’s career and performances of solo piano pieces by Brahms, Chopin, Scriabin and Albéniz filmed in the beautiful setting of the Prado museum, Madrid.

“Achúcarro’s approach is unorthodox in today’s stick-to-theletter-of-the-score, mechanically perfect musical world. His rubati seem excessive to some; to others, like a throwback to a Golden Age. For all of his reverence for the great composers whose music he plays, he maintains a healthy sense of their humanity as well. “Our duty is first of all to understand what composer does and wants, and then to try to deliver it the best we can, but also to serve the music,” he says. “And maybe sometimes the composer is wrong.” He adds, “People say you must follow the text. But if you follow the text, perhaps the music is not totally served.” … And he views what he does as a performer as an act of creation in its own right.” The Washington Post

Extra features:

Joaquín Achúcarro: 50 years on

Documentary including interviews with Plácido Domingo, Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta.

Running time 131 mins

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Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 & 5.1 PCM

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“all three sections of both versions benefit from the masterly hand of director Robin Lough who, unlike many of his peers, knows how to let the music speak for itself without the need for frantic cuts and cross-fades...The short recital filmed in the Prado captures Achúcarro at his intimate best” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

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Flute Concertos at Sanssouci

Flute Concertos at Sanssouci

A Tribute to Frederick the Great


Bach, C P E:

Flute Sonata in A minor

Benda, Franz:

Flute Concerto in E minor

Frederick II:

Flute Concerto No. 3 in C major

Quantz:

Capriccio in B major

Capriccio in G major

Flute Concerto in G major

Preludio in D major


Emmanuel Pahud (flute) & Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

Kammerakademie Potsdam

Emmanuel Pahud, principal flutist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, celebrates the 300th birthday of Frederick the Great with a concert recorded in the historic Royal Theater of the Neues Palais Potsdam, one of the architectural gems within the world-heritage palace ensemble of Sanssouci built by the Prussian king.

Trevor Pinnock is one of the pioneers of the modern revival of early music performance and he appears as a guest conductor with many of the world's leading symphony orchestras. Emmanuel Pahud is one of today's most exciting and adventurous musicians. Accompanied by the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Phaud and Pinnock perform works by C.P.E Bach, Franz Benda, Johann Joachim Quantz and a composition written by Frederick the Great himself.

Sound Format: Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 5.0, PCM 2.0

Running Time: 78 minutes

Booklet: English, German, French

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András Schiff plays Bach

András Schiff plays Bach


Bach, J S:

French Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV812-817

French Overture in B minor, BWV831

Italian Concerto, BWV971


András Schiff, born in 1953 in Budapest, is nowadays one of the most appreciated and distinguished pianists in the world. Magically, he brings life into pieces, makes them breathing and swinging and keeps up almost forgotten ideals of piano playing.

Thus, he is not only a great pianist, but also a professional whose view is not limited on piano music, but who has wide knowledge of the broad field of macro culture. This enables him to play the piano which always makes sense to his own point of view.

Surely Bach’s French Suites, which he composed during his years at Cöthen (1717–1723), are among the finest inducements to practise that any teacher has ever made to a pupil. In this case Bach wrote them for his young wife, Anna Magdalena. The over-riding impression left by these suites is one of endearing tunefulness. Clavier-Übung II is a later collection of didactic keyboard pieces. It comprises two greatly contrasted works: the Italian Concerto and the Overture in the French Style. These performances admirably demonstrate the thoughtful and persuasive approach that András Schiff adopts when performing Bach.

The Concert Recording is accompanied with some interviews with András Schiff, which enriches and completes the great experience of the concert. During the interview, Schiff sits at the Steinway piano and explains the French Suites which J. S. Bach composed during 1722 and 1725 for Cembalo, but also its closeness to Bach’s Goldberg variations and Orchestra suites. He plays a short passage of a Suite, explains it and plays again, but then he interrupts himself once again. This happens without script but with refreshing spontaneity and directness. Completing this part, you can see András Schiff at the Thomas Church and Bach Museum where he talks about Bach’s years in Leipzig, his musical and personal development.

Bonus: Schiff explains Bach

Picture format: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sounds formats: PCM 2.0 PCM 5.1

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Bonus-Original Language: German

Bonus-Subtitles: English, French

Running time: 168 mins (134 mins Performance + 34 mins Bonus)

FSK: 0

“over two hours of unalloyed joy...Schiff combines the secure touch of a performer thoroughly immersed in Bach's style with an effervescent freshness of spirit. Whether it is in the more complex contrapuntal passages, or a long-breathed sustaining line, there is a natural flow to every phrase.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 *****

“The bottom line...is that Schiff can play all six suites and the more demanding French Overture in one concert and sustain a level of artistry, concentration, stamina and attention to detail as few pianists of his or any generation have accomplished...The varied and unobtrusive camerawork serves the music, the artist and the occasion well.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 75 years Anniversary Concert 'Coming Home'

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 75 years Anniversary Concert 'Coming Home'

a film by János Darvas


Bach, J S:

Partita in D minor BWV1004 - Sarabande

Julian Rachlin (violin)

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25

Vadim Repin (violin)

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Evgeny Kissin (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Julian Rachlin (violin)


The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - a cultural icon of Israel and one of the greatest classical ensembles in the world - celebrated its 75th Birthday on December 26th, 2011 together with three outstanding soloists of the younger generation – Julian Rachlin, Evgeny Kissin and Vadim Repin. The concert took place in the spectacular Hangar 11 at the harbor in Tel Aviv. Zubin Mehta conducted a spectacular programme of Saint-Saëns, Bach, Chopin, Chausson and Beethoven.

The film ‘Coming Home’ by János Darvas portrays the orchestra and tells of its moving history, which is both a reflection of the history of Israel and the fate of the Jews in the 20th Century. With texts from memoirs, with material from radio interviews, home movies and photos from the orchestra’s archives, as well as from private collections, the film will not only tells the story of the orchestra, but draws parallels to the fates of many individuals. Historical footage brings the 75-year history of the orchestra to life in concerts with Arturo Toscanini, Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman. Interviews with orchestra members from the early years weave through talks with musicians that joined later, and with current orchestra members. Moreover, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman and Pinkas Zukerman have their say. We also get the opportunity to watch the Israel Philharmonic in rehearsals, concerts and tours.

Part of the EuroArts Israel Philharmonic Anniversary Campaign with two more must have releases:

- 75 years anniversary concert & documentary “Coming Home” (Cat. No. DVD 2059098 + Cat. No. BD 2059094)

- Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Anniversary Edition - 5 DVDs Box Set incl. Classic Archive: Arthur Rubinstein plays Chopin (Cat. No. 3079638), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 70th-Anniversary Concert (Cat. No. 2055878), Bernstein conducts Brahms (Cat. No. 2072048) + New Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 60th-Anniversary, Concert, 1996 & Joint Concert, 1990.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0

Subtitles: English

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 148 mins (95 mins Concert + 53 mins Documentary)

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Kit Armstrong performs Bach's Goldberg Variations and its predecessors

Kit Armstrong performs Bach's Goldberg Variations and its predecessors


includes

Bach, J S:

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Bull, J:

Walsingham

Byrd:

Hughe Ashton's Ground

Sweelinck:

Mein junges Leben hat ein End - variations

Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott


When Kit Armstrong was only 14, he overcame his mentor Alfred Brendel’s reluctance to take on pupils. According to Brendel: 'He played so beautifully that I thought to myself, "I have to make time for him". It was a performance that really led you from the first to the last note'. Soon Armstrong was winning international prizes both as pianist and as composer and was appearing as soloist at some of the world’s foremost venues. At the Concertgebouw, Armstrong mesmerized his audience with Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations – preceded by earlier polyphonic variation masterpieces by William Byrd, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and John Bull.

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“Armstrong has the ability to reduce his sound to the merest whisper while retaining projection; intellect is completely in the service of music. The Aria unfolds absolutely naturally, while the immediately following music reveals Armstrong’s rock- solid rhythm. Armstrong’s mastery of tone, his ability to project the most tender expression and his long- range vision contribute to a stunning performance.” International Piano, September 2017 *****

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Marta & Gyorgy Kurtág: In Memoriam Haydée

Marta & Gyorgy Kurtág: In Memoriam Haydée

Játékok (Games and Transcriptions for piano solo and four hands)


Adieu, Haydée I

J.S. Bach: Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland (BWV 599)

Flowers we are… (embracing sounds)

J.S.Bach: Aus tiefer Not schrei’ ich zu dir (BWV 687) In memoriam Joannis Pilinszky

Prelude and Chorale, I. Prelude II

Choral for Benjamin Rajeczky’s 80th Birthday

Knots

Antiphony in F sharp

Lamentation (1)

Hommage à Christian Wolff (Half-asleep)

Playing with overtones

Draft-sheet for Tünde Szitha

...and once more: Flowers we are...

Beating - Quarelling

Study to Pilinszky’s Hölderlin (position exercise)

J.S.Bach: Sonatina from Actus tragicus, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (BWV 106)

Hommage à Stravinsky - Bells

Furious Chorale

Hoquetus

Palm stroke

Campanule

Thistle

Stubbunny

Merran’s dream (Caliban detecting - rebuilding Mirranda’s dream)

Hommage à Domenico Scarlatti

Aus der ferne (for Alfred Schlee’s 80th Birthday)

J.S.Bach: Duo No.3 in G major (BWV 804)

J.S.Bach: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist (BWV 614)

J.S.Bach: Alle Menschen müssen sterben (BWV 643)

J.S.Bach: First movement from Trio Sonata in E flat major (BWV 525)

Lamentation

Lamentation (2) In memoriam Ligeti Ilona

Tumble-bunny

Hommage à Kurtág Márta

J.S.Bach: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (BWV 618)

Evocation of Petrushka: Hommage à Farkas Ferenc (3)

Adoration, adoration, accursed desolation... : Hommage à Farkas Ferenc (4)

Hommage à Soproni (in memoriam matris carissimae)

Hommage à Halmágyi Mihály

Scraps of a colinda melody - faintly recollected: Hommage à Farkas Ferenc (2)

Hommage à Stravinsky - Bells

J.S.Bach: Duo No.3 in G major (BWV 804)

J.S.Bach: Sonatina from Actus tragicus, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (BWV 106)


Marta Kurtág & Gyorgy Kurtág (piano)

Subtitled ‘Játékok - Games and Transcriptions for piano solo and four hands’, this is a film, directed by Isabelle Soulard, of a concert given in September 2012 at Paris’s Cité de la Musique by the composer György Kurtág and his wife.

The duo performances of Márta and György Kurtág have long been distinguished by flinty new music precision, matched by a quick-witted playfulness and underpinned by a quality of affection. “What playing!” raved the New Yorker’s Alex Ross of a ‘Játékok’ concert. “Notes were placed with surgical care; inner voices gleamed in crystalline patterns; elusive emotional states were painted with quick, light strokes.” From its origins in the early 1970s as a good-humoured unsystematic approach to teaching contemporary keyboard techniques to young players (early pieces in the series included use of clusters, glissandi, harmonics, playing with palms and forearms - a wide range of gestures), ‘Játékok’ (Games) has developed into a compendium of epigrammatic homages, jewelled miniatures dedicated to composers from Scarlatti to Stravinsky and Christian Wolff, and tributes to colleagues and influences. In this special case the whole programme - 40 pieces plus three encores - is dedicated to the memory of the Kurtágs’ good friend, musicologist Haydée Charbagi (1979-2008). Interspersed amongst György Kurtág’s pieces are his much-admired Bach transcriptions - ‘Játékok’ is a work that has gained strength through contrasting and cross-referencing with other music. The whole programme closes with a radiant version of Bach’s ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’.

Among ECM’s many widely-praised recordings of Kurtág’s music is a 1997 CD of ‘Játékok’ (4535112), likewise performed by the composer and his wife. “A very special experience - as memorable and as profound as any to be had from new music today,” said Gramophone.

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The classic archive™ Collector’s Edition - Ensembles

The classic archive™ Collector’s Edition - Ensembles


Bach, J S:

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Beethoven:

Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5 No. 1

Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2

Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102 No. 1

Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2

Piano Trio No. 1 in Eb major, Op. 1 No. 1

Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, Op. 1 No. 2

Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 'The Ghost'

Piano Trio No. 6 in E flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2

String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4

String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

Brahms:

Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'

Prokofiev:

Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b

Schubert:

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D898


Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Sviatoslav Richter (piano), David Oistrakh (violin), Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Robert Casadesus (piano), Zino Francescatti (violin), Hephzibah Menuhin (piano)

Amadeus Quartet, Istomin-Stern-Rose Trio

Great performances from legendary ensembles of the 20th century, the Classic Archive™

Collector’s Edition – ENSEMBLES offers unique insights in the world of music interpretation of the golden age.

This third part of the edition is dedicated to some of the most outstanding musicians of the past.

With more than 14 hours of material the edition includes various concerti and recitals, some in colour, some in gloriousblack and white, as well as comprehensive booklet information.

This collector’s edition makes rare classical archive footage from the years 1956-1975 suitable for Blu-ray Disc lovers.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: NTSC 4:3

Sound formats Blu-ray Disc: PCM 2.0 Dual Mono; Dolby Digital 2.0 Dual Mono

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Running time: 889 mins.

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The Club Album - Live from Yellow Lounge

The Club Album - Live from Yellow Lounge


 

Non-Musical Silence

Forever In Time

Bach, J S:

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043: Allegro

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), Noa Wildschut (violin) & Ye-Eun Choi (violin)

Mutter's Virtuosi

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043: first movement

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), Noa Wildschut (violin) & Ye-Eun Choi (violin)

Mutter's Virtuosi

Benjamin, A:

Jamaican Rumba

Lambert Orkis (piano)

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Lambert Orkis (piano)

Copland:

Rodeo: Hoe down

Debussy:

Golliwog's Cakewalk (from Children's Corner)

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Gershwin:

Preludes (3)

Lambert Orkis (piano)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Tchaikovsky:

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Mélodie in E flat major

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Summer, RV315 - Presto

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Mutter's Virtuosi

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297 - Allegro non molto

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Mutter's Virtuosi

Williams, John:

Schindler's List: Theme

Lambert Orkis (piano)


Virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter created a sensation at Berlin’s Neue Heimat venue, recreating the impact of her legendary 2013 Yellow Lounge appearance, when she attracted one of the biggest crowds in the history of Deutsche Grammophon’s ground-breaking “classical-goes-clubbing” series. Now she’s pushing the electric atmosphere to the limit by making the first-ever live Yellow Lounge recording.

The ‎ground-breaking project, co-produced by Deutsche Grammophon and ZDF, is set for global release in August, with German TV broadcasts in the summer and autumn, and a special documentary to follow in 2016.

Deutsche Grammophon President Mark Wilkinson welcomed Mutter’s return to the Yellow Lounge: “Last night, in Berlin, a part of classical music changed for ever. Anne-Sophie Mutter is breaking down boundaries, and taking risks without compromising her art – ultimately pushing on a door through which we hope others will follow.”

On stage with Mutter were her longtime accompanist Lambert Orkis, the Mutter Virtuosi – a hand-picked ensemble of young alumni of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation – and star harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, whose solo debut with Deutsche Grammophon is released this month. The programme spanned three centuries of classical music – from Bach and Vivaldi to Gershwin and John Williams – and was conceived by the violinist exclusively for this Yellow Lounge event and the accompanying album.

Yellow Lounge fuses the classical world and club culture, combining performances from stars of the former with cutting-edge DJ and VJ sets in urban spaces. On turntables this time were DJs Clé and Canisius, who’ve worked numerous Yellow Lounges, as has world-renowned VJ Philipp Geist, who was responsible for the stunning visuals.

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Europakonzert 2003 from Lisbon

Europakonzert 2003 from Lisbon


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Debussy:

Trois Nocturnes: Fêtes

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Maria João Pires (piano)

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin


The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the 1st May in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance.

As has been done every year since 1991, in 2003 the Berliner Philharmoniker commemorated their founding by performing at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the former Hieronymite monastery in the vicinity of Lisbon.

This performance features great artists, such as pianist Maria João Pires, who is known as one of the greatest Mozart interpreters of our time, and is joined by maestro Pierre Boulez.

The repertoire includes pieces by meaningful composers such as Maurice Ravel, Béla Bartók, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claude Debussy.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD – 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 120 mins

German FSK: 0

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Salzburg Opening Concert 2008 with Boulez & Barenboim

Salzburg Opening Concert 2008 with Boulez & Barenboim


Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 1, BB 91, Sz. 83

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Stravinsky:

The Firebird


With Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra you are assured of a concert of superlatives.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Picture: 1080i, 16:9, color

Sound: PCM Stereo, dts-HD MA 5.1

Booklet: English, German, French

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C Major Salzburg Festival Opening Concerts - 729104

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